Coral Identification and Taxonomy Certification

Corals can be exceptionally difficult to identify to the genus level, and near impossible to identify to the species level without proper genetic sampling equipment. This course will literally dive into the world of corals. Students will learn the visual aspects of the skeleton that distinguish corals among genera. This course is a partial fulfillment of the Ecological Monitoring Program and the Advanced Ecological Monitoring Plan,  and is critical for assessing the substrate of our reefs. 


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Approximate time for course completion: 2 days and 2 dives